James S. Hare, 58, of Red Hook

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

James S. Hare, 58, of Red Hook, N.Y., passed away on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 12, 2018, at Vas­sar Brothers Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Pough­keep­sie, N.Y., fol­low­ing a coura­geous bat­tle.

Born on Feb. 20, 1960, in Batavia, N.Y., he was the son of Ste­wart Hare of Elba, N.Y., and the late Jean (Gil­lard) Hare. Jim grad­u­ated with his As­so­ciate’s De­gree in Aero­space Tech­nol­ogy from Farm­ing­dale State Col­lege.

Jim mar­ried Mary He­garty on Nov. 18, 1989, in Red Hook, N.Y. Mary sur­vives at home.

Jim worked as a groundskeeper at Bard Col­lege in An­nan­dale, N.Y. He also was an an­nouncer, ac­tive sup­porter, vol­un­teer, and ad­vo­cate for the Old Rhinebeck Aero­drome, al­low­ing him to stay close to his life­long pas­sion of an­tique air­planes.

Jim had many tal­ents and many hob­bies. He loved read­ing and al­ways had a book nearby. Lunchtime was spent read­ing ev­ery day. He spent many cold win­ter af­ter­noons, un­der­neath a blan­ket with a book in hand. Jim also was a wizard at crosswords and jum­bles. The daily cross­word was a fa­vorite pas­time, and he was a master at Fri­day Jum­bles with­out ever us­ing a pen. Jim was crazy about na­ture. He al­ways took time to watch the rain, and he of­ten drove to an open field to ap­pre­ci­ate a big thun­der­storm. The beauty of a bird never was lost on him. Jim dili­gently tended to his flow­ers, and he was so proud of the new veg­etable gar­den planted this spring. Jim loved all things fire. He al­ways won­dered at fire­works, and many nights, Jim could be found in the back­yard with his fa­mous “fire camps.” Jim also was a great pup­peteer. He was es­pe­cially fond of his fa­vorite pup­pet, Purdy.

Jim was a lover of mu­sic. Live shows were his thing, and he won more tick­ets from the ra­dio than he ever pur­chased, lead­ing to his com­mon “Mind if I go?” ques­tion to Mary. Jim al­ways had his dis­c­man with him on his nightly walks, usu­ally lis­ten­ing to blues and rock. He also was a bass player with the lo­cal band, The Rem­nants.

Jim was a parish­ioner of St. Christo­pher’s Church in Red Hook. He as­sisted with the chil­dren’s choir for many years and was the renowned “Bas­ket Bingo” caller. He also was an avid sup­porter of all Red Hook ath­let­ics and of­ten would an­nounce Red Hook foot­ball games.

In ad­di­tion to his wife and fa­ther, he is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Cather­ine, Den­nis, Erin, and Kerry Hare, all of Red Hook; his sib­lings, Tom Hare of Batavia, N.Y., Andrew (Dawn) Hare of Elba, N.Y., and Amy (Marty) Stucko of Elba, N.Y.; his

in-laws, Kath­leen (Russ) Mohr of Dan­bury, Conn., Daniel (Rachel) He­garty of Saugerties, N.Y., Kevin He­garty of Red Hook, N.Y., Tim He­garty of Red Hook, N.Y., Pa­trick (Laura) He­garty of Latham, N.Y., Bobby (Theresa) He­garty of Maui, Hawaii; and an aunt, Kather­ine Kier­nan of Red Hook, N.Y.; along with many nieces and neph­ews, count­less ex­tended fam­ily, friends, and col­leagues.

Friends may call at the Bur­nett & White Fu­neral Homes on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 19, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 20, 2018, at St. Christo­pher’s Church, Red Hook, N.Y. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made in Jim’s mem­ory to TeamNora, P.O. Box 667, Red Hook, N.Y. 12571, or made payable to the Old Rhinebeck Aero­drome (memo: The Jim Hare Me­mo­rial Fund), P.O. Box 229, Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Bur­nett & White Fu­neral Homes 7461 S. Broad­way, Red Hook, N.Y.

For di­rec­tions or to sign the on­line guest book, please visit www.Bur­net­tWhite.com.

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